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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Social Security, Estate Planning and Family Law for Texas on

Q: My ex-husband died suddenly in April. Our only child has been in ICU since last July, and is disabled

My child turned 18 in July. He needs a heart and kidney transplant. His stepmother wants to discontinue child support and his health insurance, as my child now receives his father's SSI death benefits. He is ineligible to receive Medicare, Medicaid, or SSI disability due to receiving these death... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 15, 2019

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Q: Can my ex in Alabama deny me my court ordered visitation because I cant pay my child support ordered for travel expense?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 6, 2019

Answers assume court order signed in Texas. You have to follow the order. If you have to pay to get the flight arrangements then your spouse does not have to pay what you are obligated to pay for them. But, you have to follow the order in to get possession at the time ordered in the order.

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Q: How long does it take to show on the Attorney General website that my backpay was signed off and no longer on CS

The mother of my child and I went down to the Attorney General office to sign off my backpay and to close the case because our daughter will live with me from now on so out of kindness she agreed to sign off my arrears and no longer wants to receive cs. It's been a week since we've both signed... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 6, 2019

The Attorney General is the best entitiy to answer these questions. Contact their office.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on

Q: Child's father refusing contact before and after birth, what are my options?

My childs father disappeared after he found out that we had a child (even though we were trying and it was planned). He hasn't changed his mailing address and he is having all of his family refuses any contact with me. I honestly want him to just sign away his rights. I have been seeing someone who... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 5, 2019

The father can certainly give up all of his rights if there is another ready and qualified to adopt. You’ve got a number of steps to follow and because of such you should consult an attorney to assist you. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Child Support for Texas on

Q: How can a county charge me with criminal non support if the state is not and I'm paying my childsupport now

I owe her 61000 they say but they been garnishing my check since 1 year after our divorce inv2005.now my county is trying to give me 5 years probation or send me to the pen.to pay it back.im paying 832.16 a month right now.i call childsupport division of Texas and they said they don't have any... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jul 31, 2019

You can be arrested and charged with Assault on the Tooth Fairy if an officer believes he has probable cause.

Just because you are charged doesn't mean the state will be able to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, especially if you hire a criminal defense attorney to fight the...
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Q: I'm a non custodial parent, and i owe child support for 1 child. i am a single mother with 2 other children

i do not receive child support for the 2 that live with me. i have tried 2 times to modify my orders with no help. I owe $17,000. I'm very low income, on food stamps and on medicaid. i have an auto immune disease, fibromyolia and a few other problems. my middle child has asthma and my youngest is... Read more »

Jon R. Boyd answered on Jul 19, 2019

Hi, I'm very sorry for your predicament.

My best advice is that you hire an attorney if at all possible. Depending on where you live, there may be Pro Bono (free) legal services available.

It sounds like you are going through the Attorney General to collect the child support owed...
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Q: How can I get a court date?

I have not had my custody case resolved nor have I had a court date since 09/2018. My child went to visit her dad(w/o) a custody agreement 12/2017. He did not return her. I filed a custody case and was able to get a temporary agreement thru mediation- an msa-which expired 08/2018. Unfortunately,... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 9, 2019

This is hearbreaking. You should consult with your family members to seek financial assistance and assert your rights. You need to get involved with the CPS case. Even if you can not get a lawyer you should at least contact CPS to let them know that you need to have information on what is going... Read more »

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Q: My ex won't pay child support. I never got child support on him I just want him to come see his daughter.

My ex haven't seen his daughter since she was born I've been trying to tell him to come see her but he won't I told him I'm going to do child support but he said that he is not going to pay? He has two more kids and he pays child support and he see them but I've been trying to get him to see Abby... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 9, 2019

You can not force a parent to visit. You can file for child support and then that person is responsible whether he visits or not. The Attorney General assists with establishing child support orders. Connect with them.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Texas on

Q: My husband filed divorce. He wants me to fill out the forms. I don't know how too fill out the final decree

Or the child support form. I don't have the means for a lawyer

Homer P Jordan IV answered on Jul 8, 2019

You really need the assistance of an attorney, especially with children being involved. Many attorneys accept credit card payments, which helps make it easier to afford. If you can't afford an attorney, try calling the state bar to inquire about pro bono attorneys in your area. -Homer P. Jordan... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Texas on

Q: Husband filed divorce

I don't know how to fill out the child support forms or the final decree

Chad Zubi answered on Jul 8, 2019

Greetings,

If your husband has filed for divorce (and especially since you have children) I suggest that you obtain counsel to help you navigate the entire process. It is not just a matter of filling out forms. The divorce decree specifically, is a detailed document that is going to play...
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Q: The mother of my child is remarried, does that affect the amount of child support that I pay?

She also will not allow me to see my daughter for father's day, is that allowed? Tx

Jon R. Boyd answered on Jun 24, 2019

Almost certainly not, unless she has remarried to some person who is affluent or there are other extenuating facts.

Here's why:

In Texas, child support is rebuttably presumed to be set in accordance with the "child support guidelines", which simply are percentages of income. For...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on

Q: How to stop a childsuport increase

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 24, 2019

Gathering all of your evidence about your current income and how it has changed from the intial determination is where you should start. If it has changed substantially then you probably won't be able to stop any increases. In case you have had another child since the initial order be sure to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law and Child Support for Texas on

Q: I’m being sued for back child support. I reconciled with my ex and we were common law spouses. We lived together.

So we had the same address and I always carried my daughter on my insurance. She never asked for support until I stopped paying a loan for her. I gave her support every month through my bank. I live in Texas.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 23, 2019

You should defend yourself considering these facts. Possible offsets for child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on

Q: I live in Texas with my kids, my kids father filed an allocation of rights from colorado, how do i respond?

I moved in November 2018 to TX, He still resides in Colorado. He filed this allocation of parental rights in Colorado. And, not knowing if I am an actual Texas resident after 7 months, how do igo about responding to this? do i have to file with Colorado? or does Colorado courts not have any rights... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 17, 2019

It will depend on when the children were moved and when the actual filing was made. Consult a Colorado attorney if case is pending there to respond. In general, the jurisidiction of the court is the one where the child has resided 6 months prior to the filing. After discussing this with a... Read more »

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Q: My daughters father in TX has been married for 5 years and we dont have a child support order in place. The hearing is

In 2 weeks will they take his wife's income into consideration since the child support order hasn't been agreed upon yet.

Victoria Collins answered on Jun 15, 2019

No, child support is calculated primarily on the parent’s income and does not include his or her spouse’s income.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on

Q: If a child support case is closed due to non custodial parents inability to pay (SSI) is the visitation order still val

Victoria Collins answered on Jun 11, 2019

Yes. Visitation rights are not effected by child support obligations

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Q: What can I do too see my child . If I have visitation rights . I already called the the cops and documented .

The mother of the child is not letting me see my child. How many documents do I have to do too see my own child ? Please help

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 8, 2019

Sounds like you may already have enough grounds/violations. Seek an attorney to pursue your issues. There is no set amount on violations of court order.

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Q: How many times can a mother deny visitation rights to the father . Even the the father has court order days ?

What is the outcome if she continues to do that and what advice can you give me

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 8, 2019

Read the order and make sure you are at the location specified in the order at the time identified in the order. Keep records. Record exchange. Text her that you are present. You can also call police to make a report. If all this fails then take court action by getting an attorney to pursue your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for Texas on

Q: I want to take my child with me out of state to my hometown. Husband physically & mentally abused me in the past

I want to take my child with me out of state to my hometown. Husband physically & mentally abused me, and is a veteran with PTSD. I’ve recently made the mistake of turning to narcotics to cope w/the situation & now I’m worried he has better leverage than me. He just broke my phone & physically... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 1, 2019

In general if no court involvement you are free to do as you please. However, if a divorce is filed your spouse may request that the child’s residence be restricted to your current residence.

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Q: Can my 19 year old step daughter get her child support card?

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 28, 2019

If you are referring to the physical card then the child support office should be able to send her a debit card. Hope this is what you were asking about.

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